Costa Rica Day 3 Lost in Liberia
Due to excessive redness in the polar region of my head, we decided today would be a good day for a drive out of the sun. This in turn led us into the poverty stricken areas, where the apparent main activity is sitting, sitting on the side of the road, on your porch, near a fence, anywhere, as long as you are sitting, you are participating.
Finally, after about an hour and 1/2 we arrive in Liberia, not really knowing what to expect. We found a few small shopping centers, and by small I mean Soldotna Alaska Blazy Mall small, but at least they were hot, not a lot of air conditioning going on there. Coincidentally, unbeknownest to us, there was a giant celebration occurring in Liberia on this very day. Normally this would be exciting to us tourist, however, when they block off most of the main roads, this can prove to be troublesome. We ended up in a less than desireable neighborhood, let’s just say there were more bars on the buildings than San Quentin. To add to excitement our GPS kept telling us where to turn, but the problem is that they don’t believe in road signs. Then on top of that, this celebration involved every gaucho in Costa Rica riding their parade horses throughout town, there were literally hundreds of them, and they were walking right down the middle of every small street like they were back in Dodge City. It was also readily apparent that every citizen of Liberia showed up for this parade and bull fighting event, and they too felt that the roads were better used for horses and pedestrian, who are we to disagree.
Eventually we weaved our way out by putting in a route to Church’s Chicken. I take this as a sign that the Lord wanted us to be in Church, so there we will be next Sunday. Liberia is very similar to our hometown, except with a lot more people and horses, and a lot less amenities.
We did manage to salvage an awesome day when it was all said and done. We got home a little before sunset and decided to watch the sun slip into the ocean from our beach, and it was simply breathtaking. A nice warm breeze, cloud filled skies, pelicans gliding and diving and sailboats in the distance. Amazing, and we would have had more pictures of it except that we made the mistake of stopping to see some manos again and someone took about a thousand pictures of them, so the battery went dead on the camera right at the best time. I won’t say who it was, but she likes manos.
Finally we ended the day with nice dinner at Snapper’s, a nice place for ex-patriots such as ourselves. Tracy looked simply gorgeous in a beautiful purple ( my favorite color) sundress. I had some awesome grilled Tuna, with some shrimp and lobster and Tra had the sea bass. We had a great young waiter, very friendly and live music. It ended the night nicely. I will now list some more things we have learned:
1. There are security guards everywhere, and much like the old lady at Chuck E Cheese, they seem to be more for looks than anything, but they are friendly old fellas.
2. When you eat out, you need to ask for the check when you are done or else you will sit at your table all night.
3. The prices, so far, are about the same as Anchorage. Word is that since tourism is down, a lot of restuarants and shops raised thier prices to make up for the lapse.
4. After dark, the water in the pool is absolutely fantastic.
5. Don’t take to many pictures of manos, or you may miss a great sunset picture at the end of the day.